Upside Down

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This article is about the Diana Ross song. For other uses, see Upside Down (disambiguation).
"Upside Down"
French vinyl single
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Diana
B-side "Friend to Friend"
Released June 25, 1980
Recorded 1979-1980
Genre Disco[1]
Length 4:05
Label Motown
Writer(s) Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Producer(s) Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards for Chic
Diana Ross singles chronology
"It's My House"
(1979)
"Upside Down"
(1980)
"I'm Coming Out"
(1980)

"Upside Down" is a hit song by Diana Ross released on the Motown label. It was the first single taken from her 1980 album Diana and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco/Dance and Soul charts. The single was released a full four weeks after the album was released. It held down the number one title for four weeks.

The single was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway and Switzerland, while reaching number five in Canada. It also rose to number two on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since "I'm Still Waiting" in 1971. It also earned her a British Phonographic Industry silver disc award for sales in excess of 250,000 copies.

The song listed at number 62 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time".[2]

History[edit]

The song was written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers (of the band Chic).

In a 2011 interview, Nile Rodgers said "Diana Ross was the first big star we ever worked with and we took it very seriously." Rodgers and Edwards interviewed her for several days. "This was the first time in her life somebody cared about who she was; what she was — everyone previously had treated her the way we had treated Sister Sledge — they got her in and said 'Sing this'. We (took a more personal approach)."[3]

The song would be later covered and sampled by the likes of Salt-n-Pepa, Kid Rock, Missy Elliott, Alcazar, Puff Daddy, Collette and MC Lyte, who had a hit under the "Upside Down" sample in Lyte's 1996 hit, "Cold Rock a Party (Remix)".[4] The Salt-n-Pepa version was featured on the Space Jam soundtrack.

The song was later covered by Destiny's Child during a tribute show honoring Ross and her career on a VH1 Divas special. Their version is featured on their album Single Remix Tracks.

In 1994, the song was used in Mickey's Fun Songs: Let's Go to the Circus with a different arrangement and lyrics.

In 1997, Ross performed the song live with British band Jamiroquai at "The Brit Awards" ceremony.

Upside Down was also covered and released as a single in late 2001 by Australian R&B girl group X3 (Times Three). It followed the release of their first single, and album, 'Girl Like Me'. The song received healthy airplay and was promoted well in Australia but did not chart well.

In 2001, contemporary jazz/fusion group Pieces of a Dream offered their version from the release "Acquainted With the Night."[5]

In 2004, Alcazar sampled "Upside Down" in their song "This Is the World We Live In".

In 2013, the song was used in a Mercedes-Benz commercial featuring chickens being moved around while their heads remain stationery as an example of the car brand's "magic body control."[6] It was also used by Jaguar Cars in a parody of the Mercedes-Benz commercial.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Moscow" by Dschinghis Khan
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
September 29, 1980 – October 20, 1980 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"More Than I Can Say" by Leo Sayer
Preceded by
"Don't Ask Me Why" by Billy Joel
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary number-one single
September 27, 1980 – October 11, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand
Preceded by
"The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
October 16, 1980 – November 6, 1980 (4 weeks)
South African number-one single
November 8, 1980 – November 15, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Man on the Moon" by Ballyhoo
Preceded by
"Amico" by Renato Zero
Italian number one single
November 8, 1980 – November 22, 1980 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"You and Me" by Spargo
Preceded by
"Food for Thought" by UB40
New Zealand number-one single
October 12, 1980 – October 26, 1980 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Master Blaster (Jammin')" by Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"One More Reggae for the Road" by Bill Lovelady
Swedish number-one single
October 3, 1980 – October 31, 1980 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Donna musica" by Collage
Swiss number-one single
September 7, 1980 – October 26, 1980 (8 weeks)
Preceded by
"Forelska i lærer'n" by The Kids
Norwegian number-one single
44/1980 – 45/1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"D.I.S.C.O." by Ottawan
Preceded by
"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 6, 1980 – September 27, 1980 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen
US Cash Box number-one single
September 13, 1980 – September 27, 1980 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"Take Your Time (Do It Right)" by The S.O.S. Band
"Fame" by Irene Cara
"Red Light" / "Hot Lunch Jam" by "Linda Clifford
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(with "I'm Coming Out")

August 9, 1980 – August 23, 1980 (3 weeks)
September 6, 1980 – September 6, 1980 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Fame" by Irene Cara
"Red Light" / "Hot Lunch Jam" by "Linda Clifford
"Love Sensation" by Loleatta Holloway
Preceded by
"One in a Million You" by Larry Graham
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
August 16, 1980 – September 6, 1980 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Give Me the Night" by George Benson

Track listing[edit]

UK 12"

Side A

  1. "Upside Down" (93' Remix, David Morales & Satoshi Tomiie mix)
  2. "The Best Years of My Life" (Album Version)

Side B

  1. "Upside Down" (Morales Dub, David Morales & Satoshi Tomiie mix)
  2. "Upside Down" (Album Version)
UK 12" #2

Side A

  1. "Upside Down"

Side B

  1. "Upside Down" (Remix by David Morales & Satoshi Tomiie)

Music video[edit]

The music video consists of previously filmed scenes from Ross's other productions over the years cut together with some photographs.[43]

Language[edit]

Linguistically the song is notable for its use of the archaic form of the second person singular pronoun, Thou/Thee, in the phrase: "Respectfully I say to thee I'm aware that you're cheatin'."

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